Andy Carroll won’t be risked by new boss Slaven Bilic on the astroturf the Irons will face on their trip to Andorra.
The second leg is set to be played in the national stadium where the artificial surface is not the best.
It is notorious for contributing towards knee and joint problems and although the Irons are keen to get their record signing back in action, that is a big “no no” at this stage of his recovery from injury..
Gareth Bale dubbed the pitch “by far the worst surface I’ve ever played on ” after Wales had contested a 2016 Euro qualifier on it.
And after a 2-1 win against Andorra, manager Chris Coleman said: “The pitch is not up to the standard of a Euro qualifier. It shouldn’t be played on at our level.”